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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

Showtime has announced six new casts for upcoming live-action Halo TV series, including Cortana.

Following announcement of Halo Infinite back at E3 2018 press conference, 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios officially revealed a live-action TV series based on military sci-fi shooter video game franchise Halo on Showtime.

In April 2019, series protagonist Master Chief John-117 was cast and now, here comes more six new casting announcements including actor Natascha McElhone (Californication, Designated Survivor) playing Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey.

Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

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McElhone actually made her name thorough another show from same TV network and will be playing two prominent roles. She will primarily play as an advanced artificial intelligence construct named Cortana, a guide to John-117.

Her second role is of a female scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey, who has birthed both SPARTAN Program to create futuristic super soldiers and superior battlesuits, Mjolnir Powered Assault Armor that is used for tactical military combat.

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Natascha McElhone Cast as Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey

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Halsey's brain was used as a template to create Cortana and she would serve as an AI companion to Master Chief. According to recent press release from Showtime network, she will be a key the survival of human race on the show.

Actor Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo, Underground) joins on board in role of privateer Soren-066 and old friend of John-117. Veteran actor Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother) will be playing Admiral Margaret Parangosky of Naval Intelligence.

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Bokeem Woodbine and Shabana Azmi Cast as Soren-066 and Admiral Margaret Parangosky

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An extended cast list also adds actors Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Edge of Tomorrow), Kate Kennedy (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Handy) and Natasha Culzac (Cursed, Netflix's The Witcher) in role of three original Spartans.

This array of new cast members will join Canadian-American actor Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, Orange Is the New Black) and Yerin Ha for a 9-episode first Season of Halo TV series, which is being produced by developer 343 Industries.

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Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy and Natasha Culzac Cast as Spartans

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Production is scheduled to begin this fall in Budapest with writer/producer Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) serving as executive producer alongside British film director Steven Kane (The Closer, The Last Ship), joining as co-showrunner.

Pilot and a few other episodes for upcoming Halo TV series will be directed by Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders). Showtime is looking forward to premiere the show on first quarter of 2021 but an official date is yet to be announced.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Netflix's The Witcher Teaser

First official teaser trailer for Netflix's upcoming fantasy TV series The Witcher shows Geralt of Rivia in action.

When fantasy novel series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski was made into action role-playing game franchise The Witcher that became immensely successful, a live-action adaptation was imminent and streaming giant Netflix was interested.

Last year, they cast actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) in lead role Geralt of Rivia along with a few other and after revealing their cast photos online earlier, an official teaser trailer was shown at San Diego Comic-Con panel.

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Netflix's The Witcher Teaser

RELATED: Netflix's The Witcher TV Series Reveals First Look at Cast

Take a look at upcoming fantasy TV series, Netflix's The Witcher in newly released teaser video hailing from SDCC 2019.




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Entire focus of first full trailer remains on how elves came to fantasy world of Continent, who taught humans how to wield magic using chaos until they were slaughtered and Geralt is seen fighting troops of Queen Calanthe in present.

Yennefer of Vengerberg showed up briefly, a prophecy of what the future holds for Princess Ciri is foretold, war on Nilfgaard, more conflict among other parties  and it all comes down to a spider-like creature emerging from a spooky swamp.

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Cavill convincingly portrays monster hunter Geralt as a hardened man to everyone in his silver white hair and ripped muscle build while still trying to have faith deep down inside that would help him bring forth change for good.

Regarding many complaining for some time about Geralt carrying only one sword with him and not two, it was clarified at the panel that Netflix series is following The Witcher novels for adaptation and not relying on aspects of video games.

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For this upcoming fantasy TV series for online streaming-service Netflix, showrunner Lauren Hissrich takes "The Last Wish" from main Witcher Saga for adaptation in order to give Ciri, Geralt and Yennefer enough room for character development.

Although San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel has not revealed a long-anticipated official release date for Season 1 of Netflix's The Witcher yet, the show is currently expected to come out sometime later in 2019 for an eight episodes run.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Cuphead Show is Coming to Netflix

Based on indie smash-hit title, King Features and Netflix announce all-new animated series The Cuphead Show!

Following its official reveal back in E3 2015, indie run and gun title Cuphead came out in 2017 as an Xbox One-exclusive from indie game developer/publisher StudioMDHR and ended up selling over 4 million copies worldwide so far.

Considering its global success and overwhelming popularity among a wide audience, streaming giant Netflix have decided to pick it up for their subscription-based platform to make an all-new animated series titled The Cuphead Show!

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The Cuphead Show is Coming to Netflix

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In an official announcement released today, Netflix revealed partnering up with King Features Syndicate to adapt wildly popular world of hand-drawn game by MDHR to their popular subscription-based online streaming platform.

Writer David Wasson (Mickey Mouse, Time Squad) and Cosmo Segurson (Chowder, Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling) will be serving as co-executive producers alongside Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, game director of named indie-hit.

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Though video game adaption in visual media often doesn't do well, Netflix saw great success with two seasons of Castlevania anime and now they are all set to go ahead with another show based on an award-winning video game.

The show will likely to explore in-game world of Inkwell Isles featuring Cuphead and Mugman as lead characters with few familiar faces possibly showing up, through animation style inspired from classic Fleischer cartoons of 1930s.

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An official description has also been released but it doesn't giveaway much regarding plot of The Cuphead Show!

The character-driven comedy follows the unique misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. Through their many misadventures across their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles, they've always got one another's backs.

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Aside from being commercially successful, the game has managed to bag more than 20 major industry awards that includes but not limited to Special Achievement in Animation at Annie Awards and for music at BAFTA Games award.

In April 2019, Cuphead has seen release on Nintendo Switch handheld console and lately, an upcoming DLC expansion pack "Delicious Last Course" have been delayed by StudioMDHR to 2020 to avoid crunch time during development.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Netflix's The Witcher TV Series Reveals First Look at Cast

First-look photo of Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer from upcoming Netflix's The Witcher fantasy drama TV show casts.

It was revealed back in September 2018 that British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) has been officially cast for upcoming fantasy drama adaptation of The Witcher TV Series on popular online streaming-service Netflix.

A month later, showrunner Lauren Hissrich reveals detain on additional members of supporting cast for the show in an interview. Today, brand-new images on social media offer official first look at lead characters Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer.

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Netflix's The Witcher TV Series Reveals First Look at Cast

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An early costume test image unveiled first look of Cavill as Geralt of Rivia wearing a silver wig and it was mostly panned by majority of fans. However, his newly redefined appearance seems acceptable and more faithful to source material.

Netflix also released new images of actress Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg and Freya Allan (Into the Badlands, The War of the Worlds) as Princess Ciri from their fantasy saga in works.

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Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
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Freya Allan as Princess Ciri
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Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg

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Alongside recent announcements, an official plot synopsis for Netflix's The Witcher TV Series has come out.

Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

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Netflix's The Witcher Season 1 Poster

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Other cast members include actor Adam Levy as Mousesack, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as King Eist, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Millie Brady as Princess Renfri, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia and Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina.

Though there is no official release date set yet for The Witcher TV Series, Netflix intends to show up at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 on July 19 at Hall H with Cavill himself and will be hosted by actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, Mom).

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Final Fantasy TV Series Confirmed

A live-action Final Fantasy TV series is currently in works at Sony and production company behind Netflix's The Witcher.

A live-action TV series based on popular science fantasy role-playing Final Fantasy video game series is now in works at Sony Pictures Television in association with developer/publisher Square Enix and production company Hivemind.

Dinesh Shamdasani (Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior), Jason F. Brown (Ben-Hur, The Expanse) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy, The Scorpion King) will be producing on behalf of Hivemind, which is currently working on Netflix's The Witcher.

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Final Fantasy TV Series Confirmed

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A completely original story set within world of Eorzea from Final Fantasy XIV will serve as premise for this upcoming show. Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton will be writing scripts and also be serving role of executive producers.

Though specific plot details are yet not revealed, the show will focus on aspects of magic and technology in order to establish peace among conflicted lands while adding many renowned characters from vast franchise of FF.

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An airship engineer named Cid nan Garlond from Final Fantasy XIV will be a part of principal character ensemble. Genre-bending elements of the series like a recurring chicken-like animal Chocobo would also make its appearance.

We are only days away from upcoming third expansion pack Shadowbringers for FFXIV to release on July 2, 2019 and Sony announcing a live-action Final Fantasy TV series shortly ahead could be a nice way to draw millions of fans into it.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Halo TV Series Casts Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief

Upcoming Halo TV series on Showtime has cast American Gods starrer Pablo Schreiber to play Master Chief.

Right after announcing upcoming militaristic sci-fi first-person shooter Halo Infinite back at E3 2018 press conference last year, a brand-new TV Series based on long-running Halo video game franchise was confirmed for Showtime.

According to a recent announcement from the TV network, Canadian-American actor Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, Orange Is the New Black) has been cast in its lead role as renowned series protagonist Master Chief John-117.

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Halo TV Series Casts Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief

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Schreiber has received nomination for Primetime Emmy for his guest role at comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black in 2015 and then been nominated for Tony Award on the same year for theatrical performance of Awake and Sing!

He stands an impressive 6.5" tall, which is a pretty rare standard for Hollywood and yet he will be five inches shorter than actual height of John-117 without his Spartan armor but Schreiber still has a physical frame to do proper justice to the character.

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Also joining him in cast is Yerin Ha in a new and original character of 16 year-old Quan Ah, solely created for the show. She will cross paths with Master Chief at a time of 26th-century epic conflict of humans and alien race of Covenant.

In association with developer studio 343 Industries and Amblin Television of filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Showtime is looking forward to produce a 9-episode first Season of Halo TV Series with executive producer Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) on board.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Diablo Trademark Hints Netflix Series

Revealed by a recent trademark registration, Diablo animated series is currently in works to debut on Netflix.

Action role-playing hack and slash Diablo game franchise has a dedicated fan following that has been asking developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment for long to make an animated or live-action series that would complement the existing lore.

Back in September 2018, there was already a rumor of this beloved series being adapted into an animated TV show for streaming giant Netflix and now a recent trademark registration has reinforced that possibility even more.

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Diablo Trademark Hints Netflix Series

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Originally the news broke when screenwriter Andrew Cosby made a statement on Twitter that he is in talks to be showrunner for an animated series on Lord of Terror by Activision and Netflix, which is deleted later and was never mentioned.

Blizzard apparently filed property called Diablo for trademark and it is listed for "Downloadable films and movies featuring narratives based on a video game and provided via a video-on-demand service", which sounds an awful lot like Netflix streaming services.

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News of oncoming TV show and video games often gets spoiled by trademark registrations and looks like same thing happened to titular franchise. Recently, Cosby made another Tweet about a current super secret project that he wants to talk about soon.



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Following an immense success of Castlevania animated series, Netflix has seemingly lifted the curse of bad video game adaption and a Devil May Cry was confirmed on November 2018, followed by a recent announcement of Dragon's Dogma anime.

Fans of Diablo have been looking forward to something new from the series for so long, which concluded in major disappointment when Blizzard Entertainment decided to come up with announcement for upcoming mobile title Diablo Immortal at Blizzcon 2018.

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A major fan backlash followed for taking away a popular title from PC to mobile devices, which caused Blizzard's stock value to plummet. Players started criticizing, ridiculing and throwing shades at the company on social media and they ended up receiving a lot of hate.

Despite their early claim of working on several projects on the known franchise, there was no announcement for a TV show, which is odd. Because, contrary of whatever reaction they got, an official revelation of Diablo coming to Netflix would have cheered the PC gaming crowd after all.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Bethesda Settle Lawsuit Against Westworld Mobile Game

Bethesda settles their lawsuit claim with Fallout Shelter developers over Behaviour Interactive Westworld mobile game publisher Warner Bros.

Back in June 2018, Bethesda Softworks filed a lawsuit against Behaviour Interactive over the allegation that they have made base-building mobile game Westworld a shameless rip-off of their free-to-play simulation game Fallout Shelter.

Apparently, both parties and Warner Bros. Entertainment has agreed to resolve the lawsuit claim over the matter after reaching an amicable settlement recently. The plaintiff has filed a notice in federal court on December 12 following the resolution.

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Bethesda Settle Lawsuit Against Westworld Mobile Game

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Behaviour has previously worked with Bethesda to develop Fallout Shelter that was launched for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 2015. Even though it lacked endgame goals, people found it quite addictive to play.

The game based on the popular HBO series debuted lately with almost similar gameplay features in addition with some of the same bugs from an early version of Bethesda's title, causing them to raise eyebrows in suspicion of Behaviour re-using their code.

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If the animations and art style of the game was not similar enough to recognize, the glitches made it obvious and for using their copyrighted code, they proceeded with a lawsuit against their former partner until they assured of not using any code from Fallout Shelter.

Westworld rights holder and publisher of the mobile game based on the same sci-fi Western franchise WB was also included in the claim suggesting their involvement in encouraging the developer to re-use the code to speed up the release.

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Bethesda has now come to a peaceful settlement with Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. Entertainment under undisclosed terms. They also agreed to bear their own cost regarding the dispute and fees for their attorneys.

Currently, sci-fi thriller mobile game Westworld is still available on App Store and Google Play to download and enjoy on both Android and iOS devices. On the other hand, Fallout franchise owners have solved their second lawsuit of 2018 after the Oculus VR headset debacle with Facebook.